Sitting Volleyball Tournament Offers Competition For Everyone

Saturday, Omaha was the host of a competition for a sport most people haven't heard of.

It's called sitting volleyball.

Mark Digilio, one player, lost part of his leg several years ago in a motorcycle accident.

However, he's not letting that keep him down. Sitting volleyball is just one way he's staying active.

"Regardless of what happened to you, you're still able to compete at a high level," Digilio said.

The game keeps the basic rules for volleyball as we know.

The biggest difference for the Paralympic sport is you play sitting down.

In Saturday's tournament in Omaha, it wasn't just for people who were disabled, but for everybody.

Organizers wanted to get people with disabilities and the able-bodied involved.

"It still shows them that if something happens to them, someday, they can still be competitive. They can still play high-level sports, or they can still be active," said Brent Rasmussen, the tournament director.

In the tournament's tenth year, with 26 teams and more than 200 players, it was the biggest event they've had.

For Digilio, bringing so many to one playing field meant a lot. "It's amazing to see people, just in our community pull together for this particular awareness, and it's just fun more than anything," he said.

The sitting volleyball tournament in Omaha is the largest integrated tournament in the country.


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